“She burned to unleash bastilled desire. In one day, all was as clear as the chrysalis dangling from her stone portal. At its moment of cracking, she stood on the ledge. Transfixed by the emerging wings. She smiled. Lifted her chin. Filled her lungs, and leaped face first into the grisly abyss.” ~JS Crail
Who am I? The most loaded question of all, divining what you might wish to know. My heart? Head? Hands? Resumes never tell of revolution. Boilerplates are no window to the soul. The best way to know me is to read my writing.
If official bio you seek, keep scrolling. However, under education, you won’t find the adrenal rush of dangling cliff-side by my ponytail tangled in rappelling ropes, though it was. No ineffable heartache of caring for a four-year-old and her dying mother is listed as work experience, yet it was. There will be no terror from fleeing a stalker who found me in five states, and chased me smack into my destiny. And, you’ll miss how 30 seconds of a single voice floating in from the next room saved my life and led you to be reading this.
My cursed and magical life cannot be contained in a one sheet, or twenty. I’ve too many tales to tell. I’m in a race against death to birth all I may. The raucous, gritty truth, my primordial life goo, it’s all bound up in my writing. In stories, lyrics, and verse. So yes, I like an Oxford comma, and no, the dialog “It’s complicated,” will never appear in my writing. Ever.
Here’s the other thing about me… I’m curious. I relish the chance to poke around in another’s brain. Yours perhaps? If you care to share. Let me know your heart and mind so together we may drink the elixir of life. Rise in bloody revolt against slaving butchers who’ve returned to drag us down river. Or rescue puppies and kittens with cardboard swords, then tumble down a sandy hillside to splash in the sea. Maybe we’ll claw our way along a slimy cave wall. Forage grubs and creepy crawlers. Suck bitter pods for their moisture in our quest to steal an orb from a mystical realm. Then again, we might touch our toes together and make mad passionate love in the last hours before dawn and our awaiting fate.
Oh, the stories we will tell.
If you’d like to slip deeper under the artistic covers with me, reach out. We’ll share dreams and make great art together.
Official Professional Bio:
A contemporary Renaissance woman, Suzanne has been a serial entrepreneur, marketing strategist, educator, mentor, graphic, web, gown and textile designer, custom men’s tailor, ethnic dance teacher, and now, writer and aspiring producer.
The first wave of Suzanne’s un-marketed writing portfolio becomes available in 2018, after more than a decade of writing screenplays, short stories, poetry, song lyrics and two novels, including her award winning screenplay, ‘The Watershed’ and novel The Crooner™ Vol. I Reclamation along with original music which she intends to produce for stage and screen.
Suzanne has deep and diverse personal and professional experience with a calling to connect. She empowers those around her and values a vibrant collaborative team. Her desire to connect on a scale wider than office or classroom led her to pursue writing, performing arts, and producing after a wide range of success in other industries.
As CEO of Suzama Design™ and the Anima Wave® business incubator she is dedicated to job creation. She shepherds projects that inspire creative compassion and develop young entrepreneurs, while consulting on business development, management strategy, marketing and brand identity. She is developing a course for aspiring filmmakers to learn how to set up their production company business. Differentiate their product and corporate brands. Construct a robust web platform with an integrated social media structure so they may run campaigns to promote their work.
As a designer, she spent many years as a photography assistant and art directer for her family’s studio. Suzanne views graphic, textile and fashion design as visual and tactile communication intended to elicit emotion and specific mental states in both wearer and observer. In short, art.
As Director of Marketing & Communications for TriNet, she helped grow the company into a global market leader ranking in Fortune Magazine’s ‘Top 500 Fastest Growing Companies’ for 5 consecutive years of her tenure. She served as VentureLink liason between client companies and venture capital financiers, and was the first recipient of the TriNet Managerial Excellence Award, a recognition established to honor her organizational development in restructuring the company’s service delivery model and for leading the first cross-functional corporate cloud-based deployment of PeopleSoft Human Capital Management software (now part of the Oracle HRMS).
The field of education is where Suzanne developed her passion for mentoring hearts and minds that continues today. As an educational administrator, she managed numerous educational centers and specialized in working with at-risk teens who gravitated to her compassion and non-judgemental truth telling. As an multiple-intelligence and Montessori curriculum developer, Suzanne invents ways to inspire every student. As an instructor, Suzanne has taught pre-school to seniors, and remediation to advanced placement in mathematics, reading, writing, economics, study-skills, SAT and GRE preparation.
Suzanne holds a UCLA Professional Screenwriting Certification, a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics, and a Montessori Early Childhood Education credential. She supports causes of social justice through the Polaris Project, ACLU, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
You can find her professional CV and many exemplary letters of recommendation on her LinkedIn profile.
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